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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree provides grounding in the competencies needed to be a successful public health practitioner both locally and globally. Graduates are equipped to address the most pressing and emerging health problems with training in one of the following concentrations.
- Community Health Promotion: Students examine the social and behavioral determinants associated with the most pressing health problems to improve population health through the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs. Graduates of this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam.
- Epidemiology: Students develop strong quantitative skills to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Classes focus on skill development including study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.
- Food Security and Nutrition: Students in this interdisciplinary concentration create population health approaches to implement food security and nutrition programs and policies within a global public health context. Prerequisite: At least one undergraduate nutrition course (e.g., NUTR 295).
- Global Health: Students develop competencies and apply communication skills to promote health in a global context, emphasizing comparative global health metrics; the socioeconomic, environmental, and other risk factors associated with transnational health concerns; and ethical and effective strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and non-communicable diseases in diverse populations.
- Health Equity and Social Justice: Students critically evaluate the social determinants of health, analyze the root causes of structural inequities, and develop a range of interventions and strategies to advance health equity and social justice in public health practice and policy.
- Health Policy: Students address the nature and importance of policy and policymaking in today’s public health system in order to engage with public health and advocacy organizations on policy issues and to analyze and support policy approaches in an era of scarce public resources and ever-changing priorities.
- Public Health Communication: Students learn to design, evaluate, and implement effective communication strategies and messages to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. This highly specialized concentration links the fields of communication and public health. [Note: This program is not currently accepting new students.]
- Public Health Practice: Students examine the social and environmental factors associated with improving population and community health with a focus on the application of evidence-based public health concepts. The Public Health Practice concentration is offered 100% online. [Note: This program will begin accepting students in 2023.]